ARAB TIMES, THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011 29 HFCS promotes fat build-up in our body Why high fructose corn syrup products bad for health By Mia Ponzo today is genetically modified unless it is and that is only one of the items that have maple syrup, or blackstrap molasses? If Naturally, the end result of that is immi- don’t think it’s going to be easy for you. Special to the Arab Times clearly stated otherwise. This is, without high quantities of HFCS. The list of you can’t have sugar because you are nent obesity. This is apparent these days Indeed, it isn’t. But, who cares, just make a doubt, NOT a good thing (again, see refined products containing HFCS is diabetic or just don’t want to have sugar, with the rising statistics of our youth the effort and you and your neighbor’s, the old articles for information about touting, to say the least. then either go without, eat fresh low progressively getting fatter and fatter. and your friends’ voices, if all chimed in T here is so much talk lately in maga- zines and on the Internet about how bad high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is why). Injection A word of warning here (I have warned about this before, but am doing it glycemic fruit or use stevia. Apparently the mechanism at work And if you think that HFCS doesn’t have a serious part to play in that issue, then together can make a difference and force these manufacturers to stop using cheap for us. Most people don’t get it. They say again, just in case)... here in the Kuwaiti here is how the HFCS heads straight for you need to think again or go look at the HFCS. But, if that alone weren’t enough, market there are companies doing home statistics. You can request foods without HFCS “isn’t fructose fruit sugar? Isn’t fruit there’s a lot more where that came from. the liver and that is how it is stored as fat. good for us? Well....fruit certainly is delivered and store pick up weight loss That is also probably how so many peo- Processed at your local supermarket by talking to Scientific studies have shown that people programs and ala carte foods that use the manager and explaining why. But, good for most people, particularly if it is using HFCS store fat at an extremely ple these days have high cholesterol The problem is that often (or really organic or grown in the wild. But, fruc- fructose in their foods as a sugar substi- problems. It’s not usually from the fats the best way to keep HFCS out of your high rate. In fact, Dr. Mercola states that tute. Well, guess what? Fructose is fruit most of the time) HFCS is in manufac- life forever is to stop eating manufac- tose, on the other hand, isn’t so good for eating or drinking products with HFCS that we eat, but from an imbalance in the tured or processed foods that we would- sugar and is not much different than glands and the ingestion (eating and tured and processed foods and go more us. In fact, it can be downright dangerous as an ingredient works as if you took an straight white sugar. n’t even imagine as being very sweet or natural and organic. That way you won’t on many occasions. injection of fat and put it directly into drinking) of too much HFCS! desserty. Some of these products include Sugar What’s even worse is that HFCS, have to worry about HFCS at all. So, let’s look into the why’s and how’s your body (remember, many dietary fats cold cuts, canned foods, condiments, and of why HFCS is one of the worst things are actually good for us (like butter, for It goes into your bloodstream just as because of the way it is, helps to keep us many frozen foods. Most cereals, unless ❑ ❑ ❑ we can put in our bodies - example) so here I’m talking about fast (and sometimes faster) than other feeling hungry all the time. Our bodies specifically labeled otherwise usually Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org Right off the bat, you must know that stored fat, which is certainly not what types of sugar, including table sugar. So, simply do not process it the same way as have HFCS, even the so called “healthy” Visit us at: www.kuwaitliving.com the source of HFCS is genetically modi- anyone wants. please don’t fall for those diet gimmicks it would a piece of fruit, for example. So, ones. And, of course, sodas and soft Find me on: www.squidoo.com by fied (remember the GMO articles? Well, That is one of the reasons statistically using fructose, or corn sugar or other we are never given the signal to stop eat- drinks of most types (unless labeled oth- searching for “miaponzo” and check if you didn’t catch those, send me an that people in industrialized countries are types of false hope. If worse comes to ing. You can well imagine what kind of erwise) are loaded with HFCS. So, even out all my health blogs, and MORE! email and I will send you the whole so overweight, in fact, obese...think of worse and you absolutely must have disaster happens after a period of always if you decide that you are going to make Email me for information about hair series). Most corn in the world markets sugary soda (soft drink) consumption, something sweet, why not use honey, feeling hungry, no matter what you do. a conscious effort not to have HFCS, analysis testing for optimal health. KTAA click Latest Continued from Page 28 Science on our world and the exciting events of the week. ❑ ❑ ❑ IIT Roorkee farewell function: The Kuwait Chapter of Thomsonian Alumni (IIT Roorkee) will be organizing the farewell function for Eng Avinash Chandra on the 16th Jan, 2011 at 8:00 pm in the new Banquet Hall-Mughal Mahal, Fahaheel. All existing members are wel- come to attend the same and any other Alumni desirous of joining the chapter may please contact Rajpal Tyagi Mobile 99608118 or Manish Raghuvanshi Mobile 66921385 for further details. January 17 KLT auditions: Are you ready for some singing and dancing – well welcome to the sixties!The big fat musical comedy hit ‘Hairspray’ is planned for our end of sea- son slot and director, Kirsty McDonagh, is looking for actors of all ages, colors and abilities to come and get involved in this ‘afro-tastic’ comedy musical set in Baltimore during the 1960s. Auditions will be held at the theatre on Jan 17, from 7 pm – 9 pm; Jan 19, from 7 pm – 9 pm; and Jan 22, from 2 pm – 5 pm. For more information and for directions to the the- atre please log on to our website www.theklt.com ❑ ❑ ❑ Modern building of hospitals exhib and conf: International British ‘Cyril Sweet’ for managing projects and costing has announced its golden sponsor- ship of Kuwait ‘Modern Building of hos- pitals Exhibit and Conference’ in its 2nd session. The planned conference is to be held during the period from 17th to 18th Jan, 2011 at the convention center in the Movenpick Hotel, Free Zone. The confer- ence will be held under the auspices of the Minister of Health Dr Hilal Al-Sayer, in cooperation with the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research and the Department of Civil Engineering in Kuwait University, and it will be organized by Universal Conferences and Exhibitions. January 18 Sadu Weaving Workshop: Sadu House has advised that weaving workshop is scheduled to start from Jan 18, 2011 at 9.00 am. This workshop is of four weeks duration, it will be held twice a week on every Tuesday and Thursday, from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon. There will be a total of 8 sessions of three hours each. Workshop Fees are; KD55 for KTAA-members and KD 65 for non-members. Some beautiful samples of kilims on display at the Sadu House Photos by AbdulMohsen Abdallah This workshop will be held at Sadu House, located on Arabian Gulf Road between Beit Al-Bader andNational Museum. Master Sadu Weavers and Sadu Sadu House gears up for special year House Staff will be there to assist you, please wear comfortable clothes as you will have to use traditional Bedioun floor looms. Sadu House can also schedule Evening workshop from 4.00PM to 7.00 pm every Tuesdays and Thursdays days starting Ancient textile art kilims see renewed interest By Chaitali B. Roy quilt. The proceeds from the raffle will Carpet institute in Iran. Saman notes in Oriental knotted carpet by collectors their individuality. They are being from 18th January 2011, if there is go towards buying sewing machines for the Woven Pieces, the monthly newslet- and traders has suddenly invited an increasingly mass produced to reach a enough demand. Special to the Arab Times During this workshop Students can women across the world. ter of KTAA, “Carpet weaving has been explosion of interest because of its dec- larger market. “In the beginning, to me the finest and most exquisite form of orative, utilitarian and collectible quali- it was just a piece of art which is valu- complete up to four Sadu projects, depending upon their progress. After com- pletion of the workshop, one of the pro- O n Jan 11, Kuwait Textiles Arts Association under the auspices of Sadu House held their first meeting of Featured The meeting on Tuesday evening fea- artistic expression for Persians through- out the centuries. To trace the origins of ties. Carpet weaving can trace its roots to the basic needs of the earliest civi- able and universally appreciated,” he explained. “But my research showed ject’s can be made into a Sadu bag at a tured a talk by Saman Maleknia, the 2,500 year old Persian carpet indus- lizations for shelter and storage and this was not just a piece of textile but this year at 7 pm. The gracious old whose collection of Persian flat woven minimal charge. Students will also receive building seemed even more cheerful, try is to follow the cultural development simple comforts such as floor covering, had layers and layers of history. Each a workshop completion certificate. carpets from different parts of Iran such of one of the greatest civilizations the bags etc.The difference between kilims kilim has its own technique, its own pat- emboldened perhaps by the celebrations Fees are due to be paid on the first day it will be seeing this year. “This is a very as Shiraz, Esfahan, Kerman, Bakhtiari, world has known.” and carpets apart from their structure terns and reflects the culture, language of the workshop at Sadu House. Please Qazvin, Persian Kurdistan, Sistan, and designs chiefly lies in the use of special year for Sadu House,” said Khuzestan and Persian Azerbaijan are Display and way of living of the weaver. Even reserve your place by sending a msg. to Kathy Hendrickson, President of KTAA knots. “ This is very much a nomadic or email@example.com; kindly remem- on display at Sadu House from Jan 11 to On Tuesday Saman had on display the material used in weaving is dictated in her introduction. “It is the twentieth some beautiful samples of kilims from tribal art form,” stressed Saman. The by the environment. For instance, the ber to include your mobile and landline 18. As the guests milled around the huge kilims on display looked deceptively telephone numbers, to allow Sadu House anniversary of the weaver’s cooperative his large personal collection of flat and square kilim in bright colour is called society in Sadu House,” she said draw- courtyard, admiring the pieces of art, modern with their abstract designs. staff to contact you. Mohammed Rahimi, a talented Iranian piled weavings. In recent years kilims ‘sofra’,” he pointed out. “This is the Those of you, who have already ing attention to an important event in which were traditionally looked down This, explained Saman was due to the piece the family sits around to eat. It is the life of the old Kuwaiti building. musician and composer played the ney, lack of a plan or a set map that dictated signed-up for these workshops; please re- an end blown flute, the sitar, a four upon as a poor inferior relation of the interesting that usually these pieces use confirm your place in these workshops by Sadu House was established in 1979 the structure and motifs of the weave. lots of different live colours because it is replying to firstname.lastname@example.org. or to preserve local Bedouin handicraft tra- stringed lute and the daf, an ancient “Kilims are woven as one would paint a frame drum from Asia and Africa pro- supposed to help the appetite.” Some of calling at any of the numbers listed below. ditions. Later in 1991, it was converted picture. the kilims were used as bags by families For those of you who are not aware of into a weaving cooperative society that viding haunting music that echoed the There are many mistakes in these richness of the artistic heritage of the to store and transport their valuables. this workshop, this is an excellent oppor- over the years encouraged and gave the pieces, but those are a part of the culture tunity to learn local craft of weaving, Persian people who have a superb lega- However increasing commercialization dwindling number of weavers an oppor- of that textile, which makes it interest- for export has led to mass production. from Master Weavers and prepare gifts to tunity to showcase their weaving and cy in literature, decorative arts, handi- ing and somehow very romantic,” he take back home. Next Sadu Weaving pass on their art to others. Regular crafts, architecture and a refined musi- “That to me is the death of this art.” But smiled. What he really appreciates is the the good news is, there are some like workshops will be available around workshops are held in the open court- cal culture. fact that these pieces are never made March 2011. yard building which also houses a beau- Saman, a young Iranian with his deep Saman who are trying to keep this art with a commercial goal. These pieces alive. tiful display of the history of weaving passion and knowledge of Persian car- are made for the weaver’s personal use January 19 pets is representative of the refinement Over the years kilim has been an complete with spindles, floor looms, and they cannot be custom made or IMA lecture cancellation: ‘Due to spinning wool and graphic drawings. and culture his homeland is famous for. important piece of practical, decorative bought from commercial carpet shops. the change in Kuwait visit schedule of The next Sadu workshop is scheduled to His passion for the carpets can be traced “The weavers weave from their heart and portable furniture for people of the Dalia Moyahed, Advisor to US President start from Jan 18, announced Kathy who to his growing years, when he lived near for their personal use and they make it Middle East and Asia. Moreover it also thoroughly enjoyed the workshop she a carpet bazaar. By the time he was 18 for their own enjoyment.” helped to identify the tribe or village Continued on Page 30 had taken some time back. “One should he decided to learn the art of weaving and showed the wealth of the family. take this opportunity to learn a beautiful kilims and piled carpets. After one and a Balance Despite its roots going back thousands traditional art from the Bedouin women. half years of studying Persian flat and An architect by profession, Saman of years, the kilim has managed to I have done this course and it is really pile weaving at the Heriz Persian Carpet finds it difficult to balance his profes- remain contemporary with its design good,” she added. The evening also saw institute, he acquired his diploma with Persian carpet collector Saman sion and passion. Because of commer- that is not static and with its utilitarian the drawing of the winner of the charity distinction from the vocational Persian Maleknia cialization in textile art kilims are losing value.